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Job ID: 52209

This role can be fully remote.

Design Operations Manager
Our client is hiring a Design Operations Manager for their team in Beaverton, Oregon. The Design Operations Manager is an integral part of the design team. An enthusiastic, fast learning, and well-organized team player who seeks and implements solutions that simplify the collaboration both within the design teams (product, color, and graphics) and with partner functions across Product Creation.

They do so by understanding the team’s needs, collaborating with Product and Merchandising Operations piers, and leveraging the tools and resources to drive maximum efficiency, remove duplication and creating an environment where the design team feel empowered, having creative space and focus without unnecessary distractions and roadblocks.

Be a strategic thought partner to the Design Operations Director and help drive design strategy execution.
Drive calendar and process optimization for seasonal design “sprints” and collaborate with Product Operations on mapping and executing key product creation moments and gates.
Facilitate tear down of key gates and processes execution and identification of key actions for continued process and collaboration improvements.

Partnership with Design Directors:
Provide clear visibility and accountability on all processes, policies and procedures for the design team.
Support in planning and executing inspiring, motivational, and educational experiences for design teams to support team building.
Support the implementation of Digital Creation and help the team achieve the seasonal targets.

Partnership with cross functional and central operations peers:
Create an operations digital hub for the team to find useful tools and resources.
Contribute and participate to the weekly broadcast of updates and calendar dates to the community (with functional focus on design).
Coordinate seasonal and process specific training to members of the men’s design team.
Help drive cross functional and cross-gender integration with Product Management, Merchandising, and across Men’s, Women’s, and Kids’ (and their Ops representatives).
Support alignment and collaboration between teams.

Our ideal candidate is able to work within a matrix organization, partnering with and influencing the network of cross-functional peers. 
They are comfortable with ambiguity, can find and adopt existing benchmark solutions as well as build from scratch, without an existing playbook, and take action.
Last but not least, they master digital collaboration tools and software and know how to leverage them in the team’s service.
4+ years of product creation operations experience (preferred) or project management.
Experience in working with design / creative teams (or inclination to do so when lacking proven experience).
Demonstrated ability with project management and productivity digital tools (primarily, but not limited to, Miro and Smartsheet) and ability to finetune for the end users – i.e. designers.
Proficient in Keynote, PowerPoint and Excel and their ‘online collaboration’ versions.
Knowledge of the Product creation process.

Benefits are available to eligible VanderHouwen contractors and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, and matching 401k.

About VanderHouwen
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.


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